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CASA aims to raise $30K to help children in court at fundraising event in downtown Colorado Springs

CASA aims to raise $30K to help children in court at fundraising event in downtown Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – On Saturday night, a Mardi Gras-themed event in downtown Colorado Springs hosted by CASA sought to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help children who find themselves in the justice system due to abuse or legal problems. with their parents. CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates” and the group trains legal advocates for children in Colorado Springs.

Although the event theme is about three months late, the timing of the fundraising is opportune, according to event organizers at CASA.

“It costs about $1,200 a year to have an advocate for a child,” says Kari Kahn of CASA. “Last year we helped 650 kids. Now we know there are about 800 kids here in the Pikes Peak region.”

CASA relies heavily on generous donations from the community.

“Fortunately, we live in a really generous community — people love to support us,” Kahn said.

Right now, VOCA, or Victims of Crime Act, funding is being reduced at the federal level, meaning it could be cut in half in January.

“If our VOCA funding is cut in January, we will have to make up for it elsewhere,” Kahn said.

Kari says the way they will make up for these losses is through fundraisers like Saturdays, community partnerships, and people stepping forward.